Join the Transformative Justice in Education Center to engage these visiting International Restorative Justice practitioners. This unique opportunity will shed light on the indigenous roots of Restorative Justice and the role it has played in transforming the courts therapeutic communities in New Zealand. This talk features a Rawiri Pene, Cultural Advisor to the Ministry of New Zealand, and Helen Bowen Restorative Justice Attorney in Auckland, NZ.
Helen Bowen is a New Zealand criminal barrister, youth advocate and Drug Court lawyer. In 2000 (with Jim Boyack) she was contracted by the Department for Courts to provide training for 80 community restorative justice facilitators in four courts in New Zealand. Since then she has provided RJ training services nationally and internationally including working with the Thames Valley
Police in London and community groups in Northern Ireland. She is on the international global advisory committee for Restorative Justice International. She continues to provide professional development and supervision with Auckland RJ provider groups and specialises in the area of Health and Safety RJ conferences in WorkSafe New Zealand prosecutions.
Matua Rawiri Pene ( Nga Puhi, Tainui ) is the AODT Courts Pou Oranga the Courts tikanga cultural advisor and recovery role model – an innovation of the AODT Courts in Aotearoa New Zealand, Ra brings his extensive lived experience of recovery with his knowledge of Te Reo Maori me ona Tikanga ( Maori language and protocols ) to the role . He received a Significant Contributions award in 2017 from the Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association recognising his work in the addictions field as a clinical cultural facilitator practitioner and advisor for many years.